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post #11 of 25 Old 05-20-2010, 09:23 PM
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Kevin, I gallop down steep hills!!! Little dare devil me:p really, I'm scared of nothin. I should bail in half the situations I get my butt into.... The last time I fell I slid off a new saddle ADJUSTING A STURRIP! :P just think to yourself "ride it out." bacause it will make you a much better rider that way :)
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post #12 of 25 Old 05-20-2010, 09:55 PM
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I've only decided to jump off once, and then another time elected to stay off after I fell.
The time I ditched was because my girth was NOT tightened (I take complete and total responsibility, taught me to never rush through tacking up) and my saddle was slipping under my mare's belly. We were turning a corner rather sharply and then BAM! I'm sideways. Unfortunately, we were also cantering, and I couldn't really stop. Ended up yelling "WOAH!", pulling my foot out of the stirrup and supermanning my way into the dirt. I got up, looked over, and Rainy just sorta stood there, looking at me like "Why'd you jump off? I stopped."
I felt more than a little dumb.

The second situation was on the oddest horse I've had to ride. He was my starter show horse, a super slow Quarter horse that would barely move an inch walking, but would spook and shy at just about anything. After a lesson, two other girls and I went out to cool off on trails. We were crossing a small ditch, with myself in back, and the middle horse refused to move. As the front girl turned her horse around to help, a deer sprinted out across the trail ahead of us. My horse spooked, frightening the middle horse, which frightened the front horse. I wasn't expecting it at all (this was the first, but sadly not the last, time he spooked with me) and flew off. Since we were nervous, thinking there might be more deer out, we decided to all dismount and handwalk back.

There are my stories! :) When you think you're going to ditch, just picture in your head what you want to happen on the horse, not off of it. So if the footing to a jump is funky, instead of thinking you're going to fall off, picture yourself clearing the jump and cantering away safely. :) Hope that helps, even just a little bit.
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post #13 of 25 Old 05-20-2010, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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Lol. Thanks for the responses guys! I'm not concerned about teaching horses bad habits at this point, because there is no one horse that I'm working with on a consistent basis. Also, I gotta reiterate that it is quite rare that I get unbalanced. I'm pro at riding out bucks and little horsey fits and bolts and shys and spooks (etc.). The problem is that on those rare occasions that I DO get knocked off balance, my first instinct is to fly xD

I can definitely see issues presenting themselves if this became a regular thing with one horse.

Also, Indyhorse, confidence more than likely is the problem. I think I'm just not confident enough in my strength and ability to cling, and thus, just let myself go. Hmmm, now how to work on that :\

Lol, Kevin. I'm quite the fan of your advice, and that probably would work quite well at fixing the problem xD Now where to find rocky ground in the hills, and on the main line, of southeastern PA

And I like that horseluver. That's a pretty good idea :]

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post #15 of 25 Old 05-21-2010, 10:56 AM
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post #16 of 25 Old 05-21-2010, 03:33 PM
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Yeah, I always wondered about that. That's some pretty scary riding. A littel trick photography maybe.
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post #17 of 25 Old 05-21-2010, 04:08 PM
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Okay so, somehow, somewhere along the way I became too comfortable with the idea of falling off. It doesn't bother me at all, the problem is, I've developed the tendency to ditch when something goes wrong. Note, it takes a fair amount to knock me off balance, but I think this is kind of a problem. Just last Saturday I was jumping, all was good, but I'm weak and a bit out of practice. The last jump in a line was about a 2'9 oxer. The horse took it at an awkward spot that I wasn't really expecting (totally my fault, I sorta forgot to actually ride cause he was such an easy horse xD). In the end we both landed off balance and I ditched before things had a chance to play out. Unfortunately, I managed to land on my elbow and did more harm than good. Thankfully no fracture, but no riding for a week or two. Not horrible, but not desirable either.

So, I guess the point of this is, is it really a bad thing? Advice? Your own stories? Any reply is appreciated. Kudos if you read it :]
Don't get me wrong, I'm not actually laughing at your misfortunate, but I find it kind of funny that you call yourself a ditcher. I think way back when I first started riding hunters years ago, I went through a phase where I did the same thing.
I don't remember why I did it but I guess you're right. I think it's an auto response of assuming you won't make it happen and stay on, so you rather get it done and over with and come off.

Truth is, staying on is actually not difficult if you actually try. Im assuming somewhere along the line you must have ridden a horse who was difficult to ride, or a bucker- a horse who got you off easily.

Good luck with the recovery of your elbow eh. It must have been a hard fall. I'm glad you didn't break anything.
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Lol. Thanks for the responses guys! I'm not concerned about teaching horses bad habits at this point, because there is no one horse that I'm working with on a consistent basis. Also, I gotta reiterate that it is quite rare that I get unbalanced. I'm pro at riding out bucks and little horsey fits and bolts and shys and spooks (etc.). The problem is that on those rare occasions that I DO get knocked off balance, my first instinct is to fly xD

I can definitely see issues presenting themselves if this became a regular thing with one horse.

Also, Indyhorse, confidence more than likely is the problem. I think I'm just not confident enough in my strength and ability to cling, and thus, just let myself go. Hmmm, now how to work on that :\

Lol, Kevin. I'm quite the fan of your advice, and that probably would work quite well at fixing the problem xD Now where to find rocky ground in the hills, and on the main line, of southeastern PA

And I like that horseluver. That's a pretty good idea :]
Sorry for the double post but I had to also comment on your signature. I laughed so hard when I saw it. Thanks for posting it!
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Lol. My2Geldings, thanks for your comments :] Honestly, I think it started way back when I broke my arm. I think that was 6 years ago now... wow, didn't realize it was so long. Lol. But I guess next time I start coming off I'll have to pretend I'm a monkey ;] I'm just concerned I'm going to get really hurt one of these days, cause ditching on the cross country course could have some bad results xD

Thanks for the well wishes :] It was a pretty hard fall off a monster of a mount. Haha. And yeah, I'm in love with my sig! I guess I gotta try harder to live up to it.

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I definitely have the opposite problem - come hell or high water, I'm NOT going to be separated from that horses back! (Mind you, I have had many horses challenge this and manage to get me off.)
But literally, I bet my old saddle has claw marks in it. I have managed to convince myself that when I fall I am going to break every bone in my body, and therefore I probably would do my best to stay on if I was riding on jello. I HATE the falling feeling, and the dazed feeling afterwards, and I do my best to stay on that sucker!
The closest thing to ditching that I've ever done is when I had a horse fall flat out on top of me (I fell forward onto his shoulder and then he fell down on top of me). I kicked my feet out of the stirrups and crawled as fast as I could out from under him.

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